Fringed by sugar-white sand and sparkling turquoise water, Bedarra Island is a slice of tropical paradise. It sits in Queensland's Cassowary Coast Region and is just a stone's throw from the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you want to relax on a secluded beach, snorkel with schools of tropical fish or sip on a sunset cocktail, it's easy to slip into island time.
Things to do
Thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Bedarra Island offers access to incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities. Expect to see colourful coral, tropical fish and, if you're lucky, cruising sea turtles.
One of the best ways to explore the island is by sea kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Rentals are available from the Bedarra Island Resort. It takes around three hours to circumnavigate the island, where you’ll discover hidden coves and sandy beaches.
If you can drag yourself off the beach, Bedarra Island is laced with scenic walking trails. They wind through the lush rainforest and reward walkers with stunning viewpoints and exclusive access to some of the island's most secluded beaches.
From tropical-inspired buffet breakfasts to candlelit dinners, the Bedarra Island Resort serves up delicious meals in a breezy beachside setting. For an utterly romantic experience, request a gourmet picnic hamper and enjoy a private lunch on a deserted beach.
Bedarra is around 10 kilometres off the coast of Mission Beach in tropical North Queensland. Daily boats ferry passengers to the island, though if you want to arrive in style, you can splurge on a scenic helicopter transfer. There are no cars on the island, which means you'll need to get around on foot.